Dodgers fans can collectively sign a breath of relief right now. There were many fears across the fanbase that they had maybe seen the last of Clayton Kershaw in blue. After walking off of the mound injured in 2021, there was no telling what he might do next.
Kershaw was linked to his hometown Rangers several times throughout the lockout. There were also reports suggesting that he could consider retirement, despite still having plenty left in the tank. But both of those did not come to fruition.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are bringing back Kershaw. The deal is supposed to be for one year, and terms of that deal have not yet surfaced. But the important thing right now is that he is back.
Free-agent left-hander Clayton Kershaw is in agreement with the Dodgers on a one-year deal, pending a physical, sources tell @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 11, 2022
The short deal is interesting, giving reports that Kershaw could hang it up after last year. That one-year deal could be an indication that he really would like to take the rest of his career year by year rather than committing to play for a full contract. But the Dodgers at least get him for 2022.
Kershaw had that elbow issue that derailed his 2021 season and caused him to miss the postseason. But he revealed today that he is healthy, just slightly behind schedule from where he would be during a regular year. That’s huge for him and the Dodgers. He’s back!